Kyle Busch earned the third win for a Toyota Camry and Joe Gibbs Racing since the start of the 2008 NNS season. This was also the fifth Camry win since Toyota joined the NNS at the beginning of the 2007 season. In addition to Busch's win today,...
Kyle Busch earned the third win for a Toyota Camry and Joe Gibbs Racing since the start of the 2008 NNS season. This was also the fifth Camry win since Toyota joined the NNS at the beginning of the 2007 season. In addition to Busch's win today, Tony Stewart earned victories at Daytona (2-16-08) and California (2-25-08).
Jason Leffler (Braun Racing No. 38 Camry) claimed the first-ever win for a Camry in NASCAR competition when he won at Indianapolis (7-28-07), and David Reutimann (Michael Waltrip Racing No. 99 Camry) won at Memphis (10-27-07). Four Camry drivers registered top-10 finishes. In addition to Busch (first), Brian Vickers (sixth), Leffler (ninth) and Stewart (10th) finished among the top-10. Reutimann lost a cylinder on lap 163 to finish 14th and Mike Wallace finished 25th. Since the start of this season, Camry drivers have earned eight top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.
Camry drivers have led a total of 876 laps (of 1,166 total laps) in the first seven NNS races of 2008. Busch has led a series high 471 laps.
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 ABF Moving Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 6th
How was your race? "It was good and a solid day for us. It was good for the points for the No. 32 Camry. I feel like we had a shot at least a minimum of second and maybe even a win if we could hit our changes just right. Kyle (Busch) was really strong, obviously. There were many times when we were at least the second fastest car on the race track. We just never had the track position to go with it. When we needed it most we just missed the changes a little bit." Did the final pit stop affect your finish? "We were running fourth and we were too tight. We were falling back. If we stayed out we probably would have finished fifth or sixth, and if we pitted we were probably going to finish fifth or sixth. We pitted and went for it and ended up right about where we were going to be anyway."
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finished: 9th
What did your team face in today's race? "It was alright. It was pretty good. We battled back there and lost a couple of spots on that last pit stop. That's the way it is. The Great Clips Camry was pretty decent. We were real tight and we kept working on it. We were actually able to get it a little bit better." How was today as your first race with your new crew chief Paul Wolfe? "Paul (Wolfe) did a great job tuning the car up and that's what we were looking for as the race went on. We wanted to make it better and better. I'm excited to have someone that can do that for us."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 14th
Your car was strong early in the race, what happened? "The motor dropped a cylinder and I don't know why. We dropped the seventh cylinder after that restart and we were pretty well done after that. The car was good. We put one set of tires on it in the second to last stop and we weren't as good as we should have been. Then we came in and put tires and adjusted it and felt like we were going to be in good shape. They dropped the green and we dropped a cylinder -- we were done. It's disappointing -- we definitely had a really good car and I'm proud of my guys with quick pit stops. I don't know if it was a plug wire or a spark plug or what of those issues. We had at least a top-three at the worst case and it didn't work out."
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